3 takeaways from the Bears’ loss to the Buccaneers

Breaking down Baker Mayfield’s passer rating, Cairo Santos’ field goals and the Bears becoming big underdogs Sunday

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The Bucs’ Baker Mayfield and the Bears’ Justin Fields embrace after Sunday’s game.

The Bucs’ Baker Mayfield and the Bears’ Justin Fields embrace after Sunday’s game.

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Three takeaways from the Bears’ 27-17 loss to the Buccaneers:

Baker cooks

The Bucs’ Baker Mayfield, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick-turned-journeyman quarterback, had 317 passing yards and a 114.5 passer rating Sunday. The Bears’ defense allowed a 123.2 passer rating to the Packers’ Jordan Love in Week 1. Dating to last year, the Bears have allowed a passer rating of 114 or higher the last four games. Five games ago, the Bills’ Josh Allen had a 71.3 rating in a game at Soldier Field with a minus-12 windchill.

Cairo kicks

When kicker Cairo Santos made a 52-yard field goal at the two-minute warning in the second quarter, he improved to 3-for-3 on the season. Since Dec. 26, 2021, he has made all but two of his 32 field goals.

Big ’dogs

The early point spread for the Bears’ game Sunday in Kansas City is the Chiefs by 11½. If that holds up, it would be the largest spread for any game so far this season. Since 2020, the Bears have been 11½-point underdogs twice — in 2021 losses at Green Bay and Tampa Bay.

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